Barry Bannan and Josh Windass have been ruled out of Sheffield Wednesday’s match against West Brom.
According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday may be without “vital” combination Barry Bannan and Josh Windass when they face West Brom on Tuesday, October 3.
On Monday (2 October), the newspaper stated on its website that Xisco Munoz may be without the pair when his team meet Carlos Corberan’s Baggies at The Hawthorns this week, after both players missed the Owls’ 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Friday (29 September).
Wednesday have had a rough start to the season and are still waiting for their first win of the season after returning to the Championship, but Corberan’s side enter into this match with confidence after thrashing Preston North End 4-0 last time out.
“They had injuries in the last part of the week and couldn’t play in today’s game,” Xisco stated of Bannan and Windass’ fitness. We’ll see if they recover. You know Bannan and Windass; they’re both always doing their all to push themselves to play.
“We’ll see, but it’s only a matter of time.” I’m not sure if we’ll be able to recover them or not.”
West Brom should be expecting three points from this game after their outstanding performance against previously unbeaten Preston and the Owls’ poor start to the season under Xisco.
Without Bannan and Windass, two heroes of Wednesday’s promotion drive last season, the visitors will appear woefully under-resourced, and the Baggies will be trying to exploit this. Against Sunderland, Xisco’s team did not create a single significant chance and had only 32% possession at home [Fotmob].
Albion’s midfield strength has been well known, with Alex Mowatt improving in recent weeks after returning to the Baggies’ starting XI. Without Bannan to battle in the middle of the park, the former Barnsley man could control the show from the center of the field.
The job for Corberan’s team now is to ensure that the win over Preston isn’t simply a one-off, but rather the start of their season finally getting going. The quality is there, and the Baggies are capable of putting together a run of strong form; a battle with Wednesday provides the ideal opportunity to build on the win over Ryan Lowe’s Preston team.